Grand Pacific Hotel

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Grand Pacific Park View Room
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Grand Pacific Superior Room
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Grand Pacific Premiere Room
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Grand Pacific Club Room
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Junior Heritage Room
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Property Information

Grand Pacific Hotel
Tel: (+679) 322 2000
679 3222000
584-618 Victoria Parade
Suva Fiji Islands .
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Grand Pacific Hotel - A Short History

The Grand Pacific Hotel has been an icon of the South Pacific for over a century.

Preliminary planning commenced in 1908 when the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand recognised the need for superior accommodation in Suva to cater for their passengers on the South Pacific route.

The Managing Director, Sir James Milles, commissioned the project with the hotel to be set on two acres that had been reclaimed from Suva Harbour in 1910. The final plans, prepared by a New Zealand company Salmon and Vanes, were based on contemporary colonial architecture and featured high ceilings and big double, louvered doors opening onto a broad veranda designed to provide cool comfort and style in a tropical climate. Construction was undertaken by Hall Hogg and Company from Dunedin, and the Hotel opened on 23rd May 1914.

The following extract from the Fiji Times dated 24th August 1912 gives a an interesting overview of the project – “The fact that the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand is spending a large amount of money in the construction of a magnificent building in Suva such as the Grand Pacific Hotel augers for the future of Suva as a tourist resort. There are many in Suva who say “it will never be finished”. To them we say to go to Mr Morgan, get him to introduce you to Mr Diamond who is in charge of the work and ask him to show what has been done, and then well, change your opinion. The hotel is being constructed on a floating foundation which means a raft of reinforced concrete under the entire structure and in the building of this alone there is a huge amount of work and 100,000 yards of cement have been used. It is estimated that over 13,000 pounds have already been spent and when complete it will have cost 25,000 pounds”

The hotel was indeed finished, though even in its early life the 35 rooms were insufficient to accommodate the groups of tourists who broke their sea journey for a short stay in Fiji.

The Roof Garden was a popular feature where guests retired in the evening to catch the cool evening breeze, have drinks and sit and watch the sun set over Suva Harbour. The ladies had their Drawing Room and the men a Billiard Room with two tables, the smoking room, writing room and bar. Bathroom fittings all came from the United Kingdom, the only drawback being they were in a communal location and shared with other guests. When the hotel opened rooms were priced from 15 shillings.

Over the decades GPH has welcomed a pantheon of notable guests and historical figures.

Dame Nellie Melba visited in 1915 and in 1928 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, a true hero of his time, landed the “Southern Cross” opposite in Albert Park on his flight across the Pacific. He and his colleague recuperated at GPH as guests of the Union Steamship Company before departing to Australia on the final leg of their epic flight. Other notaries who have stayed or attended banquets and state functions held here in their honour include Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), the Duke of York (later King George VI), Sir Don Bradman, James Michener, Burt Lancaster and Joan Rice, together with many, many others.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a Grand Ball held in her honour in December 1953, and visited again in 1973 when a state dinner was held in the dining room.
In 1958 the Union Steamship relinquished their lease and the hotel moved into the ownership of Cathay Hotels (Fiji) Ltd under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Wesley Barret M.L.C. During this period the exterior was painted pink in the style of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel and in 1960 a new air conditioned accommodation wing with 45 rooms was added, together with a swimming pool, a larger dining room, Tapa bar and the Taj Mahal night club.

During the late 1980’s the hotel underwent a gradual decline and there were a number of ownership changes, finally closing its doors 1992.
There after it began to slowly deteriorate due to neglect and the ravages of time and climate. At one stage it served as barracks for the military to protect it from squatters and many thought that its final fate would be demolition.

Fortunately, some had other ideas and in 2011, plans for its resurrection were publicly released in a joint venture between Fiji National Provident Fund, Papua New Guinea Superannuation Fund and Lamana Development PNG. Extensive research was undertaken to ensure accurate and sympathetic restoration of the Heritage building with input from many sources, including Fiji National Trust who acted as advisors to the project.

Totally rebuilt, the Grand Pacific Hotel reopened in May 2014 on the hundredth anniversary of its original opening and has already regained its place as the ”grand old lady” of the Pacific – a wonderful blend of fascinating colonial architecture and history combined with magnificent Fijian hospitality and friendliness.

We greatly appreciate your interest in our history. If you can add to this in any way, or if you have any memorabilia from our past, please let us know.

Property Features

  1. Conference Facilities
  2. Sauna / Steam Room
  3. Disabled Access Rooms
  4. Wheel Chair Access
  5. Day Spa
  6. Security Parking
  7. Foreign Exchange Services
  8. Business Center
  9. Free Parking
  10. Tour Desk
  11. Interconnecting Rooms
  12. Lift / Elevator
  13. Gym
  14. 24 hour Room Service
  15. Dry Cleaning Service
  16. Cafe
  17. On Site Restaurant
  18. 24 hour Reception
  19. WiFi Internet
  20. Bar / Lounge
  21. Outdoor Swimming Pool
  22. 24 hour Porterage
  23. Non-Smoking Rooms

Accommodation Details

Grand Pacific Hotel

Grand Pacific Park View Room

Grand Pacific Park View Room

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Located in the Kingsford Smith Wing, these rooms open onto a spacious veranda that runs along the frontage of the wing and overlook both Albert Park and the adjacent Thurston Garden.
WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room size: 34 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Bed or 2 double beds.

Please note twin bedding must be requested on booking. We cannot guarantee at check in

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Grand Pacific Superior Room

Grand Pacific Superior Room

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Located in our Harbour Wing, the rooms offer either Pool or Garden views and all have ten square metre private balconies to optimise views

WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room size: 37 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Bed or 2 double beds,

Please note twin bedding must be requested on booking. We cannot guarantee at check in.

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Grand Pacific Premiere Room

Grand Pacific Premiere Room

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Also located in the Harbour Wing, these rooms are located closer to the water’s edge. They are of a similar size and layout to the Superior rooms, but with more extensive views over Suva Harbour.

WIFI is complimentary for all in-house guests.

Room size: 37 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King bed or 2 double beds.

Please note twin bedding must be requested on booking. We cannot guarantee at check in

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Grand Pacific Club Room

Grand Pacific Club Room

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These extra spacious rooms feature a 15 square metre private balcony and are located at the end of the Harbour Wing. Only a few metres from the water’s edge, they all enjoy full and uninterrupted views over the magnificent Suva Harbour. Grand Pacific Club room guests have full access to our Victoria Lounge in the Heritage Building for breakfast and complimentary evening sundowners and canapes from 5pm through until 7pm.

WIFI is complimentary for all in-house guests

Room size: 54 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Bed

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Junior Heritage Room

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Our Junior Heritage Room is cute and cozy and offers a small living space for you to relax. Located in the original building, your room leads out onto the spacious veranda that circles the building.

WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room Size : 29 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Sized Bed

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Heritage Room

Heritage Room

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The five Heritage Rooms all have very different sizes and layouts, evoking the original feel and style of the hotel. All feature spacious bathrooms and double French doors that open onto the heritage veranda.

WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room size (s) : 33 m² - 52 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Bed

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Heritage Suite

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Remaining true to the ideals of unadulterated colonial service and design, these spacious one bedroom suites feature a highly desired location in the main Heritage Building and overlook Albert Park.

WIFI is complimentary for all in-house guests.

Room size: 63 - 67 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Size

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Queen Elizabeth Suite

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Named in honour of the Grand Old Lady’s most famous and illustrious visitor, this suite is symbolic of the splendour of colonial days past. Overlooking Albert Park, the suite opens onto to the largest balcony at the Grand Pacific Hotel – the very place where Queen Elizabeth II stood and greeted her subjects to huge acclaim and international publicity shortly after she became Queen in 1953.

WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room size: 50 m²

Bed Size(s): 1 King Size.

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Royal Suite 1

Royal Suite 1

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Elegant and gracious, our premiere suite overlooks the main hotel grounds and the pool courtyard and enjoys a magnificent view of the ever changing Suva Harbour with its dramatic sunsets and background of majestic mountains. The bathroom features a Jacuzzi and the suite has a spacious living area with opulently comfortable furnishings that include a six seat dining area for private entertainment or business meetings. The French doors leads onto an extensive expanse of verandas that is an ideal venue for evening drinks or quiet contemplation at the end of a busy day

WIFI is complimentary for all in house guests.

Room size: 106 m²

Bed Size(s):1 King Size

Terms & Conditions

All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
Please refer to each rate for specific information

Reservation and Cancellation Policy

BEST AVAILABLE RATE

•Please note that our check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 12:00 noon.
•To guarantee this reservation, please provide us with your credit card number and expiry date. Any guaranteed reservation cancellation received less than 72 hours prior to arrival , will be
subject to a one night room charge.
*If you fail to arrive at the hotel a no show fee of 100% penalty will be charged to the credit card provided
•The hotel reserves the right to charge for the full stay in the
event of an early departure unless the reservation is amended two days prior to the date of
arrival.

ADVANCE PURCHASE OFFER
*Full payment will be required at time of reservation.
*No refund will be made if the booking is cancelled.
*Amendments can be made with the following conditions
*Any amendment will be subject to availability
*Any date change resulting in an increase of rate will be charged the higher rate
*No refund will be given for any unused portion of your booking

Conditions for other rate offers may vary. Please refer to the
specific rates prior to confirming your reservation.

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